Valentine’s day in Dubai

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Dubai

Dubai is the perfect destination for couples who love luxury, an urban scenery and that extra taste of exclusivity! For those jet-setters among you who decide to take a trip to the impressive city that is Dubai, we have some great options to have an unforgettable time on Valentine’s day in Dubai. Here are our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!

Private skyscrapers boat tour in Dubai

On a private boat, you can also make this excursion a romantic one ;)

On a private boat, you can also make this excursion a romantic one 😉

The skyline of Dubai is simply impressive and unique! If you like the extremes, you simply have to see them during a boat tour. And to make it extra romantic for Valentine’s Day, why not choose this private skyscrapers boat tour in Dubai?

On board of a fast RIB, you can have a bit of a different romantic experience in Dubai! Feel the wind in your hair, take your partner’s hand and simply enjoy the stunning view over the skyscrapers along the skyline of Dubai that look simply unreal! It’s hard to find another skyline as unique as the one in Dubai, which is why this private skyscraper boat tour in Dubai will be an unforgettable romantic experience in Dubai on Valentine’s Day!

Luxury yacht rental in Dubai

luxury boat in Dubai

Enjoy Dubai’s skyline from a unique perspective

Well, one thing is for sure – Dubai is the king of luxury! If you too are a real luxury-lover, surprise your beloved and rent your own luxury yacht in Dubai! This luxury yacht rental in Dubai is perfect for all couples with exquisite taste!

Our Asfar Three 56ft is super spacious and very stylish. Here you have all the space you need to enjoy one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!! During the 4 hours, you can explore the Dubai Marina, Sheik Palace, Lagoon, Burj Al Arab, Palm Island (Atlantis) and Jumeirah at your own pace and have a really special time together! Your private skipper will take care of you so that you two can simply relax and enjoy the time!

1-hour boat charter in Dubai

yacht charter in Dubai

Cruise by the impressive skyline of Dubai

If a boat tour is only a small part of your big plans for Valentine’s day in Dubai, this 1-hour boat charter in Dubai is perfect for you to squeeze in between the rest of your plans! On board of the 52-foot yacht SUNRISE, you can enjoy the fresh breeze of the sea while cruising along the impressive skyline of Dubai!

Your private skipper will make sure the two of you have a great time on board and show you the best angles of Dubai on this boat charter! If you get too hot, take a refreshing dive and then dry up on the spacious sundeck of the yacht! The yacht has space for up to 20 people, so if you book it only for the two of you have all the space you need to have great quality time together while exploring the skyline of Dubai! Chartering a private yacht is definitely one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Dubai!

Wherever you lovebirds spend Valentine’s Day in Dubai, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most romantic experiences for this lovely day!

Valentine's Day in Croatia

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Croatia

Croatia is still a rather untouched jewel in the Mediterranean Sea! Especially now at this time of the year it’s a beautiful destination for couples, and perfect to spend your Valentine’s day in a really special setting! We have our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia in this list for you to choose from and create an unforgettable experience!

Island and wine tasting tour from Split

Valentine's Croatia

Surprise your Valentine in Croatia

For our most romantic experience for Valentine’s day in Croatia, we have this amazing island and wine tasting tour from Split. The coastline around Split is simply stunning with the warm water and Mediterranean flair!

On this tour, you will visit some of the most beautiful places in the region, like the famous Blue Lagoon, Šolta island and Nečujam bay. On the island Brač, we will take you to one of the traditional wine cellars to do some wine tasting. If you love nature and good wine, this tour will be perfect for you and your partner to celebrate Valentine’s day in Croatia!

Boat tour from Split to Blue Lagoon and Trogir

Be amazed by the different shades of blue

Be amazed by the different shades of blue

This 5-hour boat tour is perfect if you would like to spend a special day together, exploring the region around Split and Trogir! If you and your partner like travel and exploring new places, you will love this boat tour from Split to Blue Lagoon and Trogir.

On board our modern speed boat, you will be able to explore the most beautiful places in the region. In Trogir, you can also go out exploring the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site! Visiting the Cathedral of St Lovre, discovering amazing beaches and simply spending a great day together is one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia for active and culturally interested lovers!

Trogir boat tour to Hvar and Pakleni Islands

Spending Valentine's day at sea is very special

Spending Valentine’s day at sea is very special

Croatia is blessed with many many beautiful little islands, that are simply stunning and super romantic. From Trogir, you can join this boat tour to Hvar and Pakleni islands together with your beloved one, to spend an entire day exploring the most amazing places you can possibly imagine!

During this boat tour, you will spend the entire day cruising from one breathtaking beach to another, strolling through cute little towns and discovering the culture of Croatia. Admiring such a great deal of natural beauty is a unique and unforgettable experience and one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Croatia! Surprise your partner with this tour, take them out for a romantic lunch on a beautiful island and you aced Valentine’s day!

Wherever you and your sweetheart spend Valentine’s Day in Croatia, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most unique experiences for this romantic day!

Our top 5 travel tips for Dubai

Dubai is one of SeaBooking’s most recent destinations, thus we’re very excited about this place and absolutely happy about being able to make your holidays in this extravagant place even more amazing with our fantastic boat tours. However, Dubai is also very different from our European destinations. This is why we thought a guide with our top 5 travel tips for Dubai would be helpful.

One of the SeaBookings founders, Femke was already there and travelled there by herself as a (blonde) European woman! She also wrote a blog post about her experience, which is very interesting to read and good to know if you as a woman want to travel to Dubai. And of course, she was also able to come up with some very useful travel tips for Dubai!

Enjoy some sophisticated shopping

Enjoy some sophisticated shopping

  1. Visit the shopping malls in Dubai

The first one of our top 5 travel tips for Dubai is a very simple one – go and visit the two main shopping malls in Dubai, The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. And not only because of the incredibly large number of luxury shops as well as “normal” stores but also because of the many different attractions you can find in those extraordinary malls.

The Dubai Mall, for example, hosts a big aquarium, where you can see over 300 different species of marine life. They even have sharks there! It’s like going to a zoo, only that in this mall you have it as a bonus while doing your shopping! Cool, right? And there’s more: In front of the Aquarium, you also have a Rainforest Café, with such an impressive interior it will blow your mind away.

Yes, you can go skiing in Dubai!

Yes, you can go skiing in Dubai!

If you are looking for something really extravagant, head over to Mall of the Emirates and go skiing in Dubai. Ski Dubai is an indoor snow park, where you can escape the heat of Dubai and do some skiing! Sounds surreal, doesn’t it? Well, you surely know you’re in Dubai when you go to a shopping mall to go skiing!

There are spices everywhere

There are spices everywhere

  1. Enjoy all the Indian Food

Next on our list of the top 5 travel tips for Dubai is something for Foodies! It’s no secret that Dubai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. But did you know that the biggest group of expats living in Dubai are Indians? That’s also the reason why you find so much Indian Food everywhere in Dubai! If you’re a sucker for some nice Indian food like we are, you will be in food heaven!

One of the things Femke liked most was the food!

One of the things Femke liked most was the food!

And you don’t even need to go out to a proper restaurant for some curry. There are so many take away and fast food choices with Indian food, that you will be able to just eat Indian food all the time and not spend too much money! That’s why number two of our top 5 travel tips for Dubai is to enjoy all the amazing options for Indian food.

visit Dubai as a woman

Enjoy the unique architecture from Dubai from a boat

  1. Go on a boat tour in Dubai

Yes, we wouldn’t be SeaBookings if our top 5 travel tips for Dubai wouldn’t incorporate something to do with the sea! That’s why our next travel tip for Dubai is to go on a boat tour in Dubai. But we don’t just say so because this is what we love – it really is the best way to see all the main attractions in one go!

Private boat tour in Dubai

Let’s take a picture in front of the Atlantis Hotel

If you go on a boat tour in Dubai, you can see the highlights of the city like Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab without waiting in line forever. You don’t even have to get on a Metro or a Taxi to go see those places. And the best thing is, that you can do sightseeing without getting too hot, as the fresh breeze will keep you nice and refreshed during the boat tour!

Dubai is a romantic city, but take it easy ;)

Dubai is a romantic city, but take it easy 😉

  1. Couples, respect the local culture!

If you’re travelling to Dubai with your special other, please be aware that in Dubai culture, it is not welcome for couples to be (too) affectionate with each other in public. Be respectful of this cultural difference and make sure to keep your affections inside the hotel room.

Even hugging or holding hands is not something that is particularly well liked to be seen in public in Dubai. So we think that this is definitely important enough to be one of our top 5  travel tips in Dubai – respect the local culture and keep your hands away from your partner, at least while you’re out in public.

Not eating in public during Ramadan is a kind gesture of respect

Not eating in public during Ramadan is a kind gesture of respect

  1. During Ramadan, avoid eating in public

Last one of our top 5 travel tips in Dubai for you only applies, if you visit Dubai during the time of Ramadan, which is one month usually around May/June. In this month, it’s a Muslim tradition to fast from dawn until sunset. During this month, the locals in Dubai that are Muslims only eat in the dark, so very early in the morning or after sunset.

As you can imagine, this takes a lot of willpower. That’s why it’s not nice to see all the tourists in front of them eating tons of yummy food. So we think it’s quite an important travel tip in Dubai to avoid eating in public during the month of Ramadan to respect the local culture. Of course, you can eat in your hotel or your home!

Enjoy the Marina, of course ;)

Enjoy the Marina, of course 😉

So far so good! We hope we could help you prepare for your holidays in Dubai with our list of top 5 travel tips for Dubai! Enjoy your stay in this colorful part of the world.

business trip to Dubai

Things to do on your business trip to Dubai

By Femke, SeaBookings cofounder:

I was super excited when I heard that SeaBookings was invited by Turismo de Portugal, the Portuguese Tourism Board, for a trip to Dubai and participate in the big Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. And guess who went? Me! You can read about my experience visiting Dubai as a woman in another article I shared.

visit Dubai as a woman

Unique architecture from Dubai

During my trip to Dubai, as I wanted to meet other travelers, I decided to book a hostel near Dubai Marina. From the hostel I was staying, I had an amazing view over the Marina. The hostel even had a swimming pool. The pool made my holiday, as temperatures rise easily over 40ºC.

Dubai Marina is amazing and impressive and you should definitely go there on your trip to Dubai. By day it can be very hot to walk around in the marina. Make sure you bring comfortable shoe wear and refreshments. You can also opt for a nice break at one of the cafes around the Marina. It’s amazing to see how many luxury yachts you find in this marina, a must for yacht fans! By night, the marina is imposing. The skyscrapers turn on the lights, a view I’ve never seen before, it’s truly breathtaking.

Yes, Dubai is as impressive as you expect!

Yes, Dubai is as impressive as you expect!

On my business trip to Dubai, I still wanted to take some time to discover the local culture. I went by metro to Deira to discover the gold and spice souks. As I arrived at the Deira Metro station, it was like entering a different city. My first impression was that this place was Dubai for the poor people. Actually, it made me remember Morocco. Deira has many narrow streets. The souks are nice, the gold souk has plenty of gold shops. The spice souk makes you want to discover new flavors. The shops at the entrance normally are more expensive.

Welcome to gold paradise!

Welcome to gold paradise!

One thing that really shocked me during my visit was the difference between poor and rich. Some people are living the life in Dubai, while others are working very hard and live with many people in small apartments and in extreme conditions.

One of the things I liked most was the food!

One of the things I liked most was the food!

Alcohol is not something you can drink and buy everywhere. In the airport, hotels and some private businesses, it’s available. I would not recommend the use of any drugs in a country like Dubai, as sentences are really harsh.

Fooooood! Well, I love the fact that in shopping malls there are so many Indian fast food restaurants. I’m a big fan of Indian food and loved the concept. Even in the nearest supermarket to my hostel, mostly all the food for takeaway was Indian food. You can also find many vegetarian curries. I really enjoyed the lentil curry.

Dreams do come true...

Dreams do come true…

As a massive horse fan, I did not resist and booked a horse ride in the desert! This was quite an adventure. Even to find and go to the meeting point wasn’t very easy. I had to catch 2 busses to finally go to Silicon Oasis. Silicon Oasis is a business center located in the middle of the desert, quite an impressive and interesting business hub. At the meeting point, there were two other girls, who were also going on a horse ride.

As I have quite some experience with horses, I was invited to go out on a ride with locals. This was so cool! It was an amazing ride in the desert and we still had time to talk about local customs and business. After the horse ride, we were invited to drink tea and eat some local dates. As transport to Dubai, was quite complicated, and one of the staff members was going in that direction anyway, I took a ride. Even the ride I took was impressive, actually a good way to see all the big and impressive cars driving around. So yes, if you’re fond of horses, a ride in the desert is definitely a must for an escape during your business trip to Dubai.

The Marina is very modern and has many types of boats

The Marina is very modern and has many types of boats

What would be a SeaBookings trip to Dubai, without a boat tour? Of course, the main goal of this trip was to taste a bit of Dubai’s boat tour market. Thus, I went on a boat tour departing from Dubai Marina. If you want to see Dubai Marina, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, I definitely recommend discovering these landmarks by boat. By boat, you get a unique perspective and it’s also way too hot to walk around Palm Jumeirah.

And you should not leave without doing a boat trip to take a picture like this!

And you should not leave without doing a boat trip to take a picture like this!

I chose the speedboat tour on a RIB. It’s always exciting to go on a speedboat, and even more with amazing views over the skyscrapers. Service is something the tour operators in Dubai know how to provide. Almost at the end of the boat tour, they offered a bottle of fresh water and asked for our WhatsApp number to send us the cool pictures made during the tour.

On my next trip to Dubai, I would like to rent a Jetski. You see many jetski tours around the Palm Jumeirah area. It looks like a so cool way to enjoy some refreshment.

Now back to business: the Arabian Travel Market is an amazing opportunity to better understand the travel market of this region. I have made many interesting contacts, and got really excited to start to expand SeaBookings to this market. I learned a lot about the demands of this market. And now, SeaBookings in Dubai is now longer a dream! Check it out!

best things to do in Dubai

The 5 best things to do in Dubai

Dubai is the city of extremes – biggest, fastest, tallest, nicest! And we are so excited to be able to be part of the booming tourism industry of this fascinating and exotic part of the world! Dubai has finally entered the SeaBookings family, offering you the best options to explore this amazing place by boat! Let’s find out what the 5 best things to do in Dubai are, shall we?

Given the location by the Persian Gulf and the warm temperatures of both water and air during the whole year, it is no question that one of the best things to do is a boat tour! Or, to keep the exclusive character of this region, for a nice luxurious tour on a yacht in Dubai!

By night, the city's lights are unique!

By night, the city’s lights are unique!

Did you know that the best time to visit Dubai is during Winter? That’s when you have temperatures not too hot so that you can still be outside and enjoy the city under the sun! And the water temperatures are very nice all year round, with temperatures always around 20-25°. Sounds good? We certainly think so and reckon the best way to spend your days here is with a boat tour in Dubai!

To give you some ideas of what to do, we have created our list of the 5 best things to do in Dubai!

As you may have guessed, most of them have to do with the sea. After all, we just love getting you out there on the big blue!

5 best things to do in Dubai

  1. 1. Burj Khalifa

Yes, we do love the sea. But we can’t just ignore the fact that Dubai also has some other great things to offer. So let’s start our list of the 5 experiences with the tallest skyscraper in the world – the Burj Khalifa!

During your stay in Dubai, you most definitely have to at least pass in front of the Burj Khalifa and breathe in the air of pure luxury!

The water show is a must while visiting Burj Khalifa and the huge shopping mall.

Inside the Burj Khalifa you’ll also find the only 7-Star Hotel in the world and undeniably a place of pure style and exclusivity. To see this building in real life is definitely one of the best things to do.

  1. Dubai Marina

Enjoy one of the most modern marinas of the world

Enjoy one of the most modern marinas of the world

Okay, okay we know that this was to be expected that we like the Dubai Marina. But in this case, it’s not just us! In fact, a visit to the Dubai Marina is one of the 5 best things to do for everybody!

It’s one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Docked on this impressive and super modern Marina you’ll find so many beautiful yachts like almost nowhere else in the world.

But the Dubai Marina has many more things to offer than only some of the nicest boat tours you’ll ever do! At the Marina, you’ll find numerous high-class restaurants, shops and many other entertainment possibilities.

Start the day with a nice brunch, go for a boat cruise, then for a nice walk and end it with a fancy drink at Pure Sky Lounge for example. There goes your perfect day in Dubai!

  1.  Dubai Creek

Along the Dubai Creek is where all the fishing was done from

Along the Dubai Creek is where all the fishing was done from

Next up on our list of the 5 best things to do is the famous Dubai Creek. It is a water canal that separates the city from Deira in the North and Bur Dubai in the South.

The Dubai Creek is one of the 5 best things to do because it has been the lifeline of the city since before it became the global metropolitan city it is now.

Along the Old Creek is where all the fishing was done from, in the past even more so than today.

In recent years, it was extended to make it even more accessible and connect the main points of the city with one another through water – the perfect place for some fun boat tours! No wonder we think Dubai Creek is one of the 5 best things to do.

  1. Jumeirah Beach

Who doesn't love these colors?

Who doesn’t love these colors?

With average temperatures in Winter ranging between 25-35°C and in summer up to 45°C, some of you might want to spend some time at the beach, right?

The best beach in our opinion is definitely Jumeirah Beach, and also one of the 5 best things to do in Dubai!

Jumeirah Beach is just in between the Dubai Marina and the famous Palm Jumeirah. It is a white sand beach, just off the probably most popular district among travellers, which is Jumeirah.

The beach by the Persian Gulf invites for some sunbathing and a nice dip in the ocean. Certainly, the best way to cool off in this heat! 

  1. Palm Jumeirah

On a jet ski you can explore the Burj Al Arab hotel better!

On a jet ski you can explore the Burj Al Arab hotel better!

Last but most certainly not least is one of the main attractions- Palm Jumeirah! This is our personal favourite of the 5 best things to do in Dubai! It is the first one of the artificial palm islands just off the coast in Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is an architectural highlight that you simply must visit during your stay in Dubai.

The huge building is very close to the Marina, so on a boat tour you get to see both these highlights!

Palm Jumeirah is impressive in so many ways. First of all, of course, the construction itself is simply amazing. And when you see all the huge buildings on the island it makes you wonder how this could’ve been done by humans! To explore Palm Jumeirah during a boat tour in Dubai is our highlight of the 5 best things to do!

We hope you have a great time in this unique place called Dubai! For any further questions, just leave us a comment! We’re looking forward to have you on one of the boat tours in Dubai!